Fitness Friday: First Week of Marathon (#3) Training!

July 18th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 8 miles (10:53 pace)

Sunday: 5 miles (10:30 pace)

Monday: 6 miles (10:54 pace)

Tuesday: 7 miles, 10×400 @ 9 minute pace

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 6 miles (11:00 pace) + Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack

Friday: 6 miles (aim for 10:45 pace)

So, I’m officially in training again. It feels like forever since I’ve been in training mode, but it also feels like just yesterday I was working toward the Country Music Marathon. It’s actually been about 3 months since that last race so I think this is perfect timing to start upping the mileage again. My legs are ready for it! In a very last minute decision I’ve decided to follow the Hanson Marathon method. I’m going to talk more about why I decided on that plan next week, but I kept reading it was the best plan to PR with and after training for a 4:30 finish for my first race and coming in at 4:44 and 4:52 for the two prior marathons I’m ready to finally get my goal!

One thing I will be doing outside the plan is maintaining strength work. I stopped doing it entirely with the Pensacola Marathon as I was hitting close to 50 miles some weeks and just exhausted. For the second marathon I cut back on mileage and maintained strength work. This time I’m hoping to keep high miles and some targeted core & upper body sessions. We’ll see how it goes! Tuesday I had a great speed session and did 10 400’s.

2014-07-15 07.37.24Thursday I ran with Travis (successfully this time!) and did some core work after I gave Salem a sweaty runners hug. I finally switched to 10 pound weights for Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack after using 8 for the last year or so. Yay!10409441_778971775458545_8288120985281067068_nMy food prep routine was a bit off this week since I only spent a few days in Pensacola before coming back to Alabama for a long weekend.  Before I left town I swung by Publix and grabbed some of my favorite snacks (sushi, artic zero and popchips!) plus some things to make meals to bring with me. I made baked falafel & humus pita’s (so good and can be eaten cold) and steamed almost 2 pounds of sweet potatoes in the microwave and added 2 cans of black beans to them. I seasoned the potatoes and beans with some adobo and will be eating about 2 cups for dinner with some laughing cow queso and fresh avocado. It’s nothing fancy, but it was super quick and easy to bring with me. 
2014-07-15 14.49.58I’m sharing this next photo out of pure vanity. My hair looked amazing yesterday.  We had unseasonably cool temperatures Thursday morning which made for a great run and nice curls! I had to replace the Redken ringlet I use whenever I want to work with my natural wavy/curly hair (I often work against it and straighten my hair for work) and I love the new version of the formula. The reviews on the website for it were terrible but as you can see it worked fine for me!
photo 5Finally, someone turned 8 years old this week! I left him on his actual birthday with Travis. I was a little bummed about it, but I also realize cats have zero conception of birthdays, so I didn’t feel like the worst kitty mother in the world. Little did I know Travis was throwing him a birthday party! I received this photo via text on Tuesday and just about died.

Aren’t they both perfect?

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This weekend will involve a lot of running, a little working/studying, an excessive amount of cuddling, and maybe even a trip to a water park. Throw in some BBQ and I’m pretty sure that’s the perfect July weekend. 

What are you doing this weekend?
Have you ever thrown a pet a party?

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21 Responses

  • We don’t actually know when my cats birthday is but my kids insist on celebrating it as an excuse for a cupcake, so we’ve picked a birthday for him and had mini parties :)

    I find it hard to keep strength work in marathon training! I haven’t figured out a way to successfully do it so I’m not completely wiped out. I will try again for November though.

    • Erica House says:

      I’m not sure of Salems birthday either (he and his brother were found in an ally and the vet just guessed at their ages.)

      What does your typical marathon training look like?

      • Before my PR I peaked at 55 miles/week with up to a 22miler for LR and I just couldn’t seem to fit strength in without completely exausting myself. Before Boston in April I was doing a spin class and a core class up until halfway through training when I had to stop both from being burnt out. With that marathon I only peaked at 40 miles. Still haven’t figured out what I’m doing for fall (nov 23) but need to plan it!

        • Erica House says:

          Your running history sounds similar to mine. Marathon 1 I ranged from 45-50 at the highest month, marathon 2 was closer to 35. This one will be toward 50 again and even though I’m telling myself I’ll do core/arms I still FAIL at it. Like this morning I wanted to do some strength after breakfast and instead I ate 1/4 bag of chips and passed out for an hour!

  • miki says:

    So cute with the birthday hat and candle! Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Linz says:

    nice week of workouts! and your hair does look awesome! i just got a wand so i’ve been fighting with it i mean learning and practicing lol

  • Jenny says:

    Three’s a charm! :-) and i LOVE your hair in that picture!

  • I’m also doing the Hanson Method for my 4th marathon (which will be here in August). I’ve found it’s incredibly exhausting, but the speed/strength workouts have definitely increased my running fitness. My husband and I are in week 13 of the training. Those long midweek tempo runs are difficult in the summer heat (we’re in Atlanta, which is just slightly less-humid than Pensacola). Those longest long runs being only 16 miles is pretty sweet and it makes up for the 10-mile tempo runs in later weeks. I’m looking forward to reading about your experience with this plan. Most folks in our crowd think we’re nuts for doing it. :)

    • Erica House says:

      You can definitely empathize with my heat and humidity struggles! I’m still in denial about 10 mile tempo runs. I think I will get burned out mentally from running 6 days in a row more so than physically, but I’m trying to stay optimistic. At least you only have 5 weeks left! Which marathon are you running? I’m surprised they hold any in the Summer in ATL.

  • Katrina says:

    Haha Love the birthday fun! I can’t wait to get my hurr did today – it’s SO needed – cheers to the weekend friend!

  • Omg! Your boyfriend threw Salem a birthday party! I can’t even handle the cuteness.

    And girl your hair looks AWESOME in that picture! I’ve always wanted those type of curls!

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! All my life I had this frizzy nasty mess until I started straightening it almost every day in my early 20’s. It wasn’t until the last few years where I learned how to style my curls.

      Yes, I quit even counting the boyfriends points up. He wins them all.

  • You were right, your hair WAS fabulous!! I need to get a haircut and color, maybe some pink? :)

    • Erica House says:

      I felt like such a douche saying it, but my hair rarely has ‘perfect’ days.

      I vote you get a tiny streak of one of your wedding colors under your hair :)

  • Erin M. says:

    Your hair did look amazing! So shiny!! Very pretty. I’ve been following your blog for a while and even though I don’t know you at all I am so happy for you :)

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! I consider many bloggers I’ve read/talked to for years friends of mine even though I haven’t met them, and I share in their happy news as well.

  • Kelly says:

    Hey Erica,

    Long time creeper here :) I just gotta say..Travis sounds like the greatest guy! I think I would die on the spot if I ever met a guy who threw my pet a birthday party <3 . Good for you, girl (and Salem too of course).

    • Erica House says:

      Long time creepers are my favorite :) I’m trying to balance being that “SO HAPPY in love” girl with a healthy dose of reality, and knowing not everyone wants to see me gush about him constantly. But, this is the ‘yell it from the mountaintops’ part of the relationship, so I’m just going with it. Salem and I are both very, very happy!



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